The Timberwolves missed out on a top pick this year when the protected pick they had traded to the Warriors landed at No. 7. It has been a rough last decade for Wolves fans. During last year, the one bright spot was rookie Anthony Edwards, who seamlessly transitioned to the NBA game. Edwards has future all-star potential and could take another big step forward in Year 2. Minnesota still has Karl Anthony-Towns, who had to overcome some significant personal challenges and an injury in the first fourth of the NBA season. Minnesota should start D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Karl Anthony-Towns, Malik Beasley, and Jaden McDaniels. Despite losing out on a top draft pick this year, Minnesota still has enough young, talented players to build a future.

Starting Lineup

POS NAME RATING G MIN PTS FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% DRB ORB TRB AST STL BLK FTM FTA FT% TOV PF
PG Patrick Beverley P. Beverley
74
27 26.7 9.2 3.3 7.9 42.5% 1.3 4.1 32.7% 3.3 1.3 4.6 5.2 1 0.9 1.2 1.7 70.2% 1.2 3
SG D'Angelo Russell D. Russell
81
28 32.9 18.2 6.3 16.6 38% 2.8 8.6 32.8% 3.5 0.4 3.9 6.6 0.9 0.6 2.8 3.5 80.4% 2.6 2.1
SF Malik Beasley M. Beasley
80
38 27.4 12.5 4.5 12.2 37.1% 3 8.8 33.9% 2.9 0.4 3.2 1.7 0.6 0.1 0.5 0.7 72% 0.8 1.2
PF Jarred Vanderbilt J. Vanderbilt
73
33 25.2 6 2.5 4.5 55.7% 0.1 0.3 20% 5.7 3.1 8.8 1.2 1.5 0.8 0.9 1.3 69.8% 1.1 2.7
C Karl-Anthony Towns K. Towns
84
31 34.5 24.2 8.5 16.8 50.8% 2.4 5.6 42.2% 6.4 2.9 9.4 3.5 1 1.2 4.8 5.8 82.7% 3.6 3.8

Most Common Timberwolves Lineups

11 Games
PG: D'Angelo Russell
SG: Patrick Beverley
SF: Anthony Edwards
PF: Jarred Vanderbilt
C: Karl-Anthony Towns
4 Games
PG: D'Angelo Russell
SG: Anthony Edwards
SF: Josh Okogie
PF: Jaden McDaniels
C: Karl-Anthony Towns
4 Games
PG: D'Angelo Russell
SG: Jarred Vanderbilt
SG: Anthony Edwards
PF: Jaden McDaniels
C: Karl-Anthony Towns
3 Games
PG: D'Angelo Russell
SG: Anthony Edwards
SF: Taurean Prince
PF: Jarred Vanderbilt
C: Karl-Anthony Towns
2 Games
PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: D'Angelo Russell
SF: Anthony Edwards
PF: Jaden McDaniels
C: Karl-Anthony Towns
2 Games
PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: Anthony Edwards
SF: Taurean Prince
PF: Jarred Vanderbilt
C: Karl-Anthony Towns

2021-22 Recent Timberwolves Lineups

Game Result
01/05/22 vs OKC W 98-90 PG: D'Angelo Russell PG: Patrick Beverley SG: Anthony Edwards PF: Jarred Vanderbilt C: Karl-Anthony Towns
01/03/22 at LAC W 122-104 PG: Patrick Beverley SG: Malik Beasley SG: Anthony Edwards PF: Jarred Vanderbilt C: Naz Reid
01/02/22 at LAL L 103-108 PG: Patrick Beverley SG: Malik Beasley SG: Anthony Edwards PF: Jarred Vanderbilt C: Naz Reid
12/31/21 at UTA L 108-120 PG: Patrick Beverley SG: Malik Beasley SG: Anthony Edwards PF: Jarred Vanderbilt C: Naz Reid
12/28/21 vs NY L 88-96 PG: Patrick Beverley PG: Jordan McLaughlin SG: Malik Beasley PF: Jaden McDaniels C: Nathan Knight
12/27/21 vs BOS W 108-103 PG: Jordan McLaughlin SG: Malik Beasley SG: Josh Okogie PF: Jaden McDaniels C: Nathan Knight
12/23/21 at UTA L 116-128 PG: D'Angelo Russell SG: Malik Beasley SF: Jake Layman PF: Jaden McDaniels C: Naz Reid
12/21/21 at DAL L 102-114 PG: D'Angelo Russell SG: Leandro Bolmaro SG: Malik Beasley PF: Jaden McDaniels C: Karl-Anthony Towns
12/17/21 vs LAL W 110-92 PG: D'Angelo Russell PG: Patrick Beverley SG: Malik Beasley PF: Jarred Vanderbilt C: Karl-Anthony Towns

Minnesota Timberwolves Starting Lineup Analysis

D’Angelo Russell has had a tumultuous NBA career through his first six seasons in the league. He has bounced around from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Brooklyn Nets, then went to the Golden State Warriors, and finally has landed in Minnesota. Since 2018-19, Russell has put up 21.1 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game. Russell and KAT get along very well and have great chemistry, so while Minnesota may not be very good, those two likely will be. The No. 1 overall pick from the 2020 NBA Draft, Anthony Edwards, enters his second year after an impressive rookie campaign. Edwards put up 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists last season, and all signs point to a meteoric rise this season. Edwards has supposedly grown to 6-foot-6, which is frightening for a player with such freakish athleticism. If Edwards can improve slightly on his shooting efficiency, both from the field and behind the arc, he should take that big next step and become a star in this league. Ever since he was drafted, Karl-Anthony Towns has consistently been the starting center for Minnesota and had an excellent track record of staying healthy up until the past two seasons. In his first four seasons, he only missed five games. It did not take long from when K.A.T. was drafted for him to grow into their best offensive threat. He averaged 24.8 points, 4.5 assists, and 10.6 rebounds last year and only looks primed to improve next year. KAT will undoubtedly be Minnesota’s first offense option, but he’ll need to prove he can be a better presence on the defensive end.